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Paul Casas with his family after recovering from surgery.
University of Miami Health System neurosurgeon Jacques J. Morcos, M.D. has solved the puzzling symptoms of 28-year-old Paul Casas. Diagnosed with Moyamoya disease, a progressive condition constricting arteries of the brain and depriving it of blood flow, Casas received a double-barrel STA – MCA bypass from Morcos at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Four days later, Casas was discharged from the hospital, cured.
“A lot of things in medicine make me smile and this is one of them,” Morcos said at a June 6 press conference where the internationally renowned neurosurgeon and authority on bypass surgery explained Casas’ case and procedure.
Six physician-scientists were recognized for their contributions to cancer research and treatment as part of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 18th Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture and Sylvester Cancer Research Poster Session on May 19. Sylvester Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D. hosted the event.
Maria Figueroa, M.D. a researcher at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and associate professor of human genetics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, published a paper in the journal Cancer Discovery that provides new insights into how certain molecular pathways influence acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine hosted the inaugural surgery research day and Lily Altschuler Memorial Symposium in Pancreatic Cancer Research on May 12, showcasing scientific achievements of faculty and trainees.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dominican Republic’s Instituto de Oncologia Dr. Heriberto Pieter. The agreement allows Miller School oncology experts to provide their evidence-based expertise to improve cancer care, research and clinical trial initiatives and health outcomes in the Dominican Republic.
The University of Miami Hospital and Clinics welcomed 201 third-year Miller School students from both the Miami and regional medical campuses for the 22nd annual Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), a medical school rite of passage that tests the clinical skills of students.